“No” by Nayyirah Waheed

‘no’
might make them angry
but
it will make you free.
— if no one has ever told you, your freedom is more important than their anger.

 

Visit Nayyirah Waheed on Twitter, Instagram, or her website nayyirahwaheed.com. And be sure to check out her books: salt, and nejma.

One of your favorite poems, featured here in June 2015. One of mine too.

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“Mean” by Taylor Swift, covered by Boyce Avenue feat. Megan Nicole.

Calling me out when I’m wounded…
You, with your switching sides
And your wildfire lies and your humiliation
You have pointed out my flaws again
As if I don’t already see them…
But the cycle ends right now
‘Cause you can’t lead me down that road
And you don’t know, what you don’t know…
And all you’re ever gonna be is mean
Why you gotta be so mean?

Three by Nayyirah Waheed

‘no’
might make them angry
but
it will make you free.
— if no one has ever told you, your freedom is more important than their anger.

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and i said to my body. softly. ‘i want to be your friend.’ it took a long breath. and replied ‘i have been waiting my whole life for this.’

*

If
the ocean
can calm itself,
so can you.
We
are both
salt water
mixed with
air.

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Visit Nayyirah Waheed on Twitter, Instagram, or her website nayyirahwaheed.com. And be sure to check out her books: salt, and nejma.